Will the shoppers' tablet be a bitter pill for Tesco?
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) After receiving the hospital pass that was taking over from Sir Terry Leahy as boss of Tesco, one of the first deals Philip Clarke did was to take an 80% stake in movie-streaming site Blinkbox. He quickly followed that up by paying pounds 4.5m for the ebook company founded by former SAS man Andy McNab, and if all that seems like odd behaviour for a giant grocer, it probably wasn't half as kooky as the supermarket's other bright ideas - such as making a foray into the untapped market of US grocery shopping.
Anyway, we will get to see some of the thinking behind Clarke's digital acquisitions this week, when Tesco unveils its own tablet computer. It will be called the Hudl - which generously provides the City's army of biting satirists with an easy renaming option if the launch goes wrong - and the plan seems to be to use the device to provide a digital version of a Tesco store that customers can carry in their rucksacks.
So, the betting is you'll get a cheap Android device costing less than pounds 100, on which you'll be encouraged to order groceries and download films and books - although possibly not the business tome Management in 10 Words, penned by one T Leahy.
Tesco is launching the Hudl budget tablet.
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